Last month my mum was visiting from Yorkshire so we took advantage of a rare spell of sunshine to hop on the CalMac ferry to the Isle of Mull. It was my first time visiting Mull despite it being on my doorstep for the last 5 years! The iconic painted houses that surround the bay are just as delightful in real life. It’s an instagrammers dream! I’d love to go back one day without the kids and have a proper explore with my camera.
The ferry crossing from Oban to Craignure on Mull takes about 50 minutes and is a very picturesque journey. Highlights include Dunollie Castle as you leave Oban and the magnificent white Lismore Lighthouse. Madeleine was most concerned that they had forgotten to paint the red stripes on it!
When we arrived at Craignure the bus was waiting to take us the 20 miles to Tobermory. We took a packed lunch to eat on the bus to keep the kids amused while we admired the view and listened to the tourist information being played from the speakers. Or tried to; Thomas was quite vocal in his attempt to run wild in the aisle which didn’t make for too pleasant a journey to be honest.
When we arrived in Tobermory Thomas soon fell asleep in the pushchair and we enjoyed a stroll along the main street admiring the shop windows and the view over the bay. We made a quick stop in the charity shop and checked out the local producers market before making our way to the nearest ice cream shop. It was roasting so we found some shade to sit in while we cooled off and decided on the next port of call.
Typically, Madeleine decided that she needed a wee now that we were at the opposite side of town to the public toilets. So we retraced our steps back to the harbour area, known as Ledaig, where the bus had dropped us off and found the toilets in the far building next to the Aquarium. I hate public toilets but these were actually well maintained so I didn’t begrudge paying the 20p on this occasion!
We decided to let the kids stretch their legs for half an hour before we got back on the bus for the scenic ride back to Craignure. There’s a great area by the harbour with lots of seating and space for the wild ones to run free. The heat was getting to us by this point and we were all a bit grumpy especially Tommy who had been sleeping the whole time and now was being made to sit still on a bus again! I was grateful to hand him over to Nanny for a bottle so I could have a rest.
Once we were back at Craignure we had a bit of time to spare before the ferry departed so took the opportunity to have a rummage in the charity shop. It was a gold mine! So many bargains to be had but thankfully we couldn’t carry much so my spending was limited. I would definitely recommend making time to go if your a lover of charity shops!
We were on the smaller ferry heading back to Oban and settled in the cafe for a well needed cup of tea. Madeleine pranced around on deck singing various versions of Let it Go and twirling in her new skirt while Mum & I enjoyed a brew with a view.
Overall, and despite a grumpy 1 year old, it was a really great day out. There’s so much that we didn’t do; everything from watching cows getting milked to a tour of the Mull Museum! I’d highly recommend a trip to Mull if you’re in Argyll; I know we’ll be heading back soon.
Have you been to any of the Scottish islands? Where should we go next?